Rural Anchor Institutions: Perspectives on Rural Public Colleges as Vital Infrastructure
WICHE is partnering with the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC) for an interactive webinar focused on ARRC’s recent report, Strengthening Rural Anchor Institutions: Federal Policy Solutions for Rural Public Colleges and the Communities They Serve. ARRC researchers will share major findings from the report to describe how rural public colleges enact their anchor institution mission. These findings include the role of rural public colleges in sustaining local economies and fueling community development, providing college-educated workers for high-demand industries, building public health infrastructure, and providing an access point to educational opportunity. A panel of experts will both respond to these findings, offer on-the-ground examples, and suggest additional ideas for policy and practice to leverage the contributions of rural public colleges. This interactive webinar will facilitate guest participation and engagement with the report’s findings and the expert panelists.
Kevin R. McClure, PhD, Co-Director, Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges
Cheryl D. Lovell, PhD, President, Adams State University
Barbara I. Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Government Relations Officer, University of New Mexico